June 2006

Ramp and Area Update For Lake Powell

Lake Powell has been on the rise with spring runoff. There is always something new to experience in this national park area. Come discover or re-discover all that Glen Canyon has to offer.

Come experience —

• Lake Powell! With the water level at 3,593 feet at press time and rising daily, there is plenty of water to enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, and other water activities. Water temperatures were approximately 58 degrees at press time.

• Hiking and exploring a variety of red rock wilderness landscapes.

• Camping on Lake Powell, which provides unparalleled opportunities to view the night sky.

• Floating the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry.

• Staying in one of the park’s lodges at Bullfrog or Wahweap and taking a boat tour to Rainbow Bridge or renting a boat and exploring on your own.

• Attending a ranger-led program this summer or taking one of the Grand Circle Field School’s classes. Visit www.grandcirclefieldschool.org for a list of classes.

• Teaching your children to protect Lake Powell’s water quality and other precious natural resources.

• Lake Powell offers world-class fishing. Visit www.wayneswords.com for the best fishing spots.

Facilities and services update —

Public launching capabilities are open and available at Wahweap, Stateline, Antelope Point, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing.

  • • Wahweap/Stateline
  • Wahweap main ramp is open with concrete surfaces. Stateline Ramp is open with concrete surfaces. The pumpout at Wahweap is open while the pumpout at Stateline opened for the season at the end of May. Stateline-A (Alternative Ramp) is closed to launching of any vessel but is open as a day-use area. Boat and land-based fuel are available. The Wahweap Lodge is open for overnight accommodation, and the Rainbow Room Restaurant is open. Lake Powell Sports is now open for the season.

  • • Antelope Point
  • Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp is open with concrete surfaces for park visitors to launch their own vessels. Antelope Point Navajo Launch Ramp is open. Fuel is available at the marina and a fuel dock store is open.

    • Dangling Rope

    Fuel and pumpout services are available at Dangling Rope. The Dangling Rope store is currently open and the snack bar will be open in late-May.

    • Bullfrog

    Bullfrog main ramp is open with a concrete surface to the water’s edge. The Bullfrog pumpout is operational, and boat and land-based fuel are available. The Lake Powell Ferry between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing will operate from Hobie Cat Beach, between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT). Defiance House Lodge and the Anasazi Restaurant are open.

    • Halls Crossing

    Halls Crossing Ramp is open with a concrete surface. All marina concession facilities are open, including the fuel dock and marina store. Pumpout facilities are operational near the public launch ramp.

    • Lone Rock Beach

    Lone Rock is open for vehicle-accessible camping and day use. All pet waste must be contained and disposed of in the same manner as human waste. Six microflush toilets opened mid-May.

    Glen Canyon —

    • Hite

    At the current lake level, there are no available marina facilities or public launch ramp at Hite. A dirt takeout area for river rafters has been developed on the west side of the river. This is a primitive road and requires 4-wheel drive to access the river. This is not a boat-launching area. Pay-at-pump fuel is available with limited groceries also available at the store. Hite has a NPS ranger station and primitive camping area — however, this camping area is not accessible to Lake Powell.

    General information —

    • For up-to-date information on Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, visit the park’s Web site at www.nps.gov/glca.

    • Lake levels – For the latest information, visit the Bureau of Reclamation’s Web site at www.usbr.gov/uc/.

    • Rising water – With rising water levels, be sure to anchor or tie-off your boat properly. The lake can rise a foot a day at times in late spring.

    • Rainbow Bridge National Monument – The hike from the courtesy docks is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip. Wear good footwear and take plenty of food and water.

    • Protect Lake Powell’s water quality! A method of containing solid human waste is required when camping on Lake Powell in areas more than 200 yards from a constructed toilet facility. Portable toilets are available for rent locally.

    • Beware of exotic invaders! Zebra mussels are a major threat to the park’s fisheries. If your boat has recently been in zebra mussel infested waters, it is illegal to launch in Lake Powell until it has been steam pressured washed. Free washes are available at Wahweap and Bullfrog; inquire at the park entrance station.

    • Heads up and eyes open! Boat with caution – always be on the lookout for submerged rocks and other underwater hazards.

    • Floating restrooms and dump stations: Floating restrooms and dump stations are open.

    • Other park facilities:

    — Entrance fee stations are open. Park entrance fees are $15 per vehicle for seven days. If the entrance station is closed, visitors are still expected to pay entrance fees using the automated fee machines at the entrance stations.

    — Beach micro flush toilets at Lone Rock, Antelope Point, and all uplake locations.

    — Boaters must provide their own fittings for pumpout hoses at all facilities lake wide.

    • Visitor centers: The Carl Hayden Visitor Center, at Glen Canyon dam, is open year-round. The Bullfrog Visitor Center is open. The Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center at Lees Ferry opened in April.

    • Park concessionaires: For information on park concessionaires and services available:

    — Antelope Point Holdings 1-800-255-5561 or www.azmarinas.com/AntelopePoint

    — ARAMARK-Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas 1-800-528-6154 or www.lakepowell.com

    Channel markings at current water levels —

    • Boaters – be aware: Due to narrowness of the channel from Anchovy Point to Antelope Point Marina, be prepared for rough water if multiple boats are in the area.

    • Boaters are now required to follow the main channel to the north and west of Padre Butte — the channel is marked. The marked channel has been realigned beginning at buoy 16 through 20C. To reduce congestion in the narrowing channel by unlit Buoy 19, the channel is now marked to the south toward Labyrinth Canyon.

    • Wakeless zones: Boat with caution – please adhere to flat wake rules.

    For those boaters traveling uplake from the Wahweap area, boat with caution within the breakwater and wakeless buoys around the Antelope Point public launch ramp and at the Antelope Point Marina.

    Safety tips; recreate sensibly and return home safely! —

    • Cliff jumping/diving is the #1 cause of fatalities on Lake Powell – even jumping/diving from low levels can cause death or serious injury. New park regulations prohibit this activity.

    • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a "silent killer." Know where your vessel exhausts and keep everyone out of harm’s way. Be sure your CO detectors on your vessel work and pay heed if they go off. BE SAFE – turn off generators prior to retiring for the evening.

    • Teak surfing is extremely dangerous and can be deadly to those who participate. Stay alive – don’t teak surf.

    • Children don’t float! Please watch your children around water and require them to wear personal flotation devices (also known as life jackets or life vests) anytime they are in or near the water. Don’t let your child be a statistic!